Twitter has reached nearly 200 million users registered accounts who post 110 million tweets per day as of the January 1, 2011 and the company is now focused on building out its international presence.
However, I find myself thinking that co-founder Evan Williams should fix his incessant spam problems at home before he continues to expand.
Since Twitter seems blissfully unaware, I have written this post to help us combat the problem ourselves.
I constantly find myself wondering if I have been hacked and am sending those annoying spam messages (see pic upper left) to you.
Here are a few simple steps to find & erase unknown spam hidden in your twitter account.
1.) Go to your personal Twitter page. i.e. http://twitter.com/yourtwittername
2.) Click “Edit Your Profile.”
3. Click “Connections.”
4. Click “Revoke Access” to EVERY application that you do not fully recognize. I had TWELVE applications I had NO IDEA were there. For example, one called Twables which is a notorious spam social networking application.(Please note: At the time of this post, I had already revoked access to the offending applications and they are no longer there. The applications pictured below are ones that I have approved.)
5. Change your Twitter password now and often. I made sure to pick a password that was rated as “very strong.” I suggest you do the same. Be tricky! Your password should be at least 6 characters and not a dictionary word or common name. Change your password often.
Note: If you have trusted a third-party Twitter service or software with your password and you change it, you’ll need to re-authenticate to make that software work. (Never enter your password in a third-party service or software that looks suspicious.)
Be sure to come back here and tell me how many unknown applications were in your Twitter connections?
Anyone have further suggestions?